Feral and stray cats
Feral and stray cats are a major threat to native species, and can spread parasites and disease. They can:
Brown Kiwis, Banded Dotterels and Saddlebacks are some of the species that need protection from feral and stray cats. To protect these and other native species we provide advice and undertake feral cat control in Key Native Ecosystem areas and work with local bodies.
A cat that appears to be feral or stray may in fact be missing from its home. Cats wander long distances, particularly if frightened by something or confused by injury or illness.
If you suspect a cat is someone’s pet:
Do not touch, pick up, feed or provide shelter to a feral or stray cat. They can be aggressive and can spread disease. See a doctor if you have been scratched or bitten by a feral or stray cat.
For advice on feral or stray cats in your area, contact:
In areas where domestic cats are present, specially designed cages are used to capture cats safely and alive.
If a domestic cat with a microchip is caught by mistake then it can be released or returned to its owner.
All live capture traps must be checked daily within 12 hours after sunrise. Find out more about Animal Welfare requirements for live trapping
Research by NIWA on the affect of toxoplasmosis on Maui and Hectors dolphins